Post # 1
Quick question for Pennsylvania brides,
We’re going to get our marriage license next week (Montgomery County) and what name do you sign on the marriage license? I’m planning on changing my last name.
After the wedding how easy or difficult was the name change process? Any tips to make it easier? Thank you bees!
Post # 2
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
I signed my current name on the marriage license (which we applied for yesterday)…. i never even considered putting my new name? The lady didn’t ask or say anything…. i assumed all the name changing would happen after the wedding????? now i dont know!!!
Post # 3
You sign your current (maiden) name on the marriage license. Changing your name afterwards is tedious, but not difficult. Basically you’ll be getting a lot of use out of that marriage certificate by dragging it everywhere you go to change your name. Here’s a handy checklist for what you’ll need to do: https://www.theknot.com/content/name-change-101
Sorry to post from a rival site, but it seems like a clear and concise list. The first step is going to the Social Security Office.
Also, I highly recommend getting 2-3 official copies of your marriage certificate from the registry office even though it’ll likely cost you a little extra. It’s more of a hassle to go back and get another copy later down the line if you lose yours. I kept one at my mom’s house just in case of a fire, and stored the other two safely.
Post # 4
CakeSniffer: Very helpful! Thank you!
Post # 5
Mrs_G_To_Be: Name changing sucked for me (I just posted about this last week). Start at Social Security. If you’re doing First Middle Married. Proceed. If not, call and make sure they did you’re name right once you get your new card. (SS messed mine up and I just found out).
PA doesn’t actually care what your SS card says when you go to get your new license. (This is what I was told when I went to get a new license) They can only change you to First Middle Married or First Middle Maiden-Married. They will leave you First Middle Maiden. They will change you to something else if you have a passport showing the different name. Take your marraige license.
You will need your marriage license to change your bank account, as well.
Good luck! It certainly takes some time and money.